Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 September 2014

South Africa: Curiouser and Curiouser - What's On the Spy Tapes?

analysis

Up to the point Helen Zille marched out of the North Gauteng High Court carrying a package marked "tamper evident security bag", there was no certainty that the Democratic Alliance would actually get their hands on the "spy tapes".

There was always the risk that a last-minute hitch would deny them access. It's almost too good to be true that after a five-year battle with the National Prosecuting Authority and President Jacob Zuma's lawyers, the recordings and transcripts were finally handed over.

On Thursday, both the president's office and the ANC welcomed the handing over of the spy tapes. It all seems a little fishy, doesn't it?

A media statement issued by the ANC headquarters at around 11:30 on Thursday was the first real signal that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would in fact comply with the order of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and hand over the spy tapes to the Democratic Alliance (DA). The "spy tapes" as they are colloquially called, are the recordings and documents the NPA used to justify the dropping of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009. Of particular interest was the recording of alleged conversations...

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